Investing In Equity

The Solutions Project is pleased to announce Tyler Nickerson, the organization’s director of investments and state strategy, has been accepted into the prestigious 2017 PLACES Fellowship program. An initiative of the Funders’ Network, PLACES stands for Professionals Learning About Community, Equity and Smart Growth.

Tyler joined the Solutions Project in 2015 and helped to launch its first two grant-making programs, the 100% Leadership Fund and the Fighter Fund. Both programs – which are supported in part by actors Mark Ruffalo and Leonardo DiCaprio – are focused on identifying and funding grassroots and community groups that are well positioned to help expand access to clean energy among poor, working class people and people of color in vulnerable communities across the country. The Solutions Project believes that this work is central to its goal of achieving 100% clean energy for 100% of the people.

Tyler’s participation in the PLACES program – which is designed to help grant makers make funding decisions in ways that best serve low-income communities and communities of color – will further The Solutions Project’s work as a leading climate and clean energy funder that puts equity and inclusion at the heart of grant-making decisions. The PLACES fellowship is a year-long program.

“I am honored to have been selected to participate in this year’s PLACES fellowship program,” said Tyler Nickerson.

“One of our goals at The Solutions Project is to fund groups that can expand access and benefits of clean energy for communities on the frontline of climate change. We’ve made significant progress thus far. By participating in the fellows program, I look forward to building on this success and making sure that our strategies are as responsible and accountable as possible to the needs of those we are trying to serve, and have lasting, effective and meaningful impact.”

Tyler Nickerson has a deep background in the field of philanthropy. Prior to joining The Solutions Project, Nickerson managed capacity-building efforts at the Dyer-Ives Foundation and founded Motu Communications, which supported philanthropic clients in strategic communications, public affairs, program design, and evaluation. In 2016, he was one of the recipients of Midwest Energy News’ 40 Under 40 award.

To learn more about the PLACES program and see a list of the other 2017 fellows, please visit:

I’m ready to give my 100% to make a 100% clean energy future a reality.